Northeast Philly getting a big liquor store


Two smaller Wine and Spirits Stores in Northeast Philly are being closed to make way for a Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store, opening 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at The Court at Grant Avenue, 2550 Grant Ave, near the Giant supermarket.

As a so-called Premium Collection store, it will carry more than 450 Luxury and Chairman’s Selection wines and more than 300 regular stock wines as well. It also will have a tasting counter.

The new store will replace the store down the street in Grant Plaza (1619 Grant Ave.) and a smaller store also down the street in Blue Grass Shopping Center (2417 Welsh Rd.). Those stores will close at the end of business on Wednesday.

The grand opening will be accompanied by festiviities and discounts:

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Steve Pollack will lead tastings of four wines: Erba Mountainside Vineyards Merlot,Fess Parker Viognier, De Martino Estate Sauvignon Blanc, and Maculan Brentino.

From 1 to 3 p.m.: Philadelphia Distilling and Robert Cassel will taste four spirits: Bluecoat Gin, Penn 1681 Vodka, Vieux Carré Absinthe, and XXX Shine White Whiskey

From 4 to 6 p.m.: A SWIRL Tasting with RWS Anna Garrity of four wines: Château-Fuissé Gamay Domaine de la Conseillère Juliénas, The Vac by Arnoux, Iron Horse Vineyards Estate Chardonnay, and Truchard Roussanne.

From 6 to 8 p.m.: Beam Spirits Tasting with Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey and Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey; special guest: Beam's Ruth Dunne.